Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Rapture-Palooza

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 29% (Critics) / 25% (Audience)
Directed By: Paul Middleditch
Written By: Chris Matheson
Starring: Anna Kendrick, John Francis Daley, Ken Jeong, Rob Corddry and Craig Robinson
Studio: The Film Arcade

Synopsis: When the Apocalypse actually happens and a billion people are Raptured up to heaven, Lindsey (Kendrick) and her boyfriend Ben (Daley) are left behind in suburban Seattle. The young couple try their best to lead a normal life surrounded by talking locusts, blood rain showers, and pot-smoking wraiths. But when the Anti-Christ (Robinson) makes his home base in their neighborhood, Lindsey finds herself the object of his affection. With the help of her family, friends, and a lawn-mowing zombie neighbor, the young couple set off to stop the Anti-Christ from taking her as his bride… and just maybe, saving the world in the process. (Source)

The Good:
The one and only saving grace of this movie is Craig Robinson’s performance as the Anti-Christ (who liked to be referred to as The Beast). Robinson was no-holds barred with his performance and I wouldn’t be shocked if 90% of it wasn’t improvised because he just let loose in every scene he was in.

The Bad:
Sadly everyone else was just phoning it in, especially Anna Kendrick and John Francis Daley who both seemed to be on some sort of mood stabilizers because they seemed incapable of emoting or acting like they cared about the fact that they were supposed to be performing.

The Ugly
A comedy that is almost entirely devoid of anything funny is the ugliest thing of them all. And even worse was the way that such a talented cast of funny actors/actresses (Rob Corddry, Ken Jeong, Ana Gasteyer and Thomas Lennon to name a few) were wasted.

Final Verdict: The aftermath of The Rapture focusing on those that were left behind is ripe for all sorts of satire and comedy but none of it was found in RAPTURE-PALOOZA. The one bright spot was Craig Robinson going for broke as the Anti-Christ but he wasn’t enough to lift this drab movie up out of the muck.

Grade: D

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